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Alfred Music Sound Innovations for Guitar, Book 2 The second installment of Sound Innovations for Guitar introduces new concepts to students such as moving up the neck, sixteenth notes, speed picking, playing moveable power chords in higher positions, classic guitar riffs, barre chords (major, minor, and seventh), and much more. Students learn by playing in real world contexts, using full song demonstrations and performing with each other. The included DVD features full video lessons and song demonstrations plus MP3 recordings of all song examples can be loaded to your music player. Additional features include Alfred's exclusive TNT2 Custom Mix software, which lets students isolate tracks, excerpt the guitar for play-along, and slow tracks down and loop sections for continuous practice. 
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Meredith Music's Music for Concert Band: A Selective Guide to Band LiteratureMusic for Concert Band,  by Joseph Kreines and Robert Hansbrough, is a comprehensive anthology of meticulously selected and graded literature for wind band. It contains hundreds of works appropriate for elementary through professional–level ensembles and will acquaint directors with a wide spectrum of quality literature both standard and new. Each recommended work contains pedagogical, stylistic and form indicators. In addition, the text contains a section on recommended marches and optional concert material.

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Author Dave Hunter explores the complexities of the booming pedal market here, starting with the earliest guitar effects – tube amp overdrive, spring reverb, manual vibrato, and tremolo – and taking the reader through to the latest Mastortions, Tremvelopes, Giggities, and Euphorias.

Hunter asks searching questions: What were Jimi Hendrix’s pedal secrets? Is “true bypass” a good thing or not? Can your choice of battery make a difference to your sound? Are vintage components really better? The book explores the history of different effects pedals, what each type of effect does and how it does it, and the best ways in which to use and combine effects. Included are exclusive author interviews with a dozen leading pedal makers and designers, plus a cover-mounted CD with nearly 100 recorded sound samples of effects pedals.

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Alfred Jazz Play-Along Series, Basic Piano Course: Praise Hits, and Sound Innovations AdditionsAlfred Music has added to The Alfred Jazz Play-Along Series with Alfred Jazz: Freddie Hubbard & More Play-Along, Vol. 5 and Alfred Jazz: Freddie Hubbard & More Play-Along for Rhythm Section, Vol. 5. Freddie Hubbard & More has parts for C, B flat, E flat, and bass clef instrument and includes a sample jazz solo written out for each instrumentalist to list to, play, and practice. The Rhythm Section version features written-out parts for piano, bass, and drum set. The instrument parts include comping suggestions and sample solos that teach improvisation.

With Alfred's Basic Piano Course: Praise Hits Levels 2 and 3, the piano series continues to fill the need for contemporary Christian music used as supplementary pieces for students. Students can play versions of well-known contemporary worship music with the addition of these titles. Each piece correlates page-by-page with concepts presented in Level 2 and 3 of Alfred's Basic Piano Course: Lesson Book 2 and 3. There are 22 current worship songs inside the pages of Praise Hits Levels 2 and 3 including "10,000 Reasons," "One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)," "Mighty to Save," and "Your Grace Is Enough.”

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Hal Leonard’s PRISM (Katy Perry) songbooks include volumes for Piano/Vocal/Guitar and Easy Piano, plus a new Katy Perry Pro Vocal volume. The Hal Leonard PVG (HL00124163 / $16.99) and Easy Piano (HL00124409 / $16.99) folios for PRISM feature all 16 tracks from the blockbuster 2013 album. The Pro Vocal volume (Vol. 60 – Katy Perry (HL00109374 / $14.99)) contains the melody, lyrics, and chord symbols for eight hits.

Read more: Katy Perry Pubs, 100 Essential Drumset Lesson, Saxophone Play-Along from Hal Leonard

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Ableton Grooves, Rock Band Camp, Ukulele Decade, Keyboard Lesson Goldmine from Hal LeonardAbleton Grooves trains readers to create realistic-sounding drum grooves using Ableton Live and the Ableton Grooves Drum Racks specifically created for this book by certified Ableton Live trainer Josh Bess. Each groove is written using MIDI Maps, with which the user learns not only how to read the exercises, but also how to use them to develop grooves. Bess presents musical notation alongside the MIDI Maps.

Rock Band Camp is designed for first-time performers and weekend warriors who are learning to make music in a group setting. Each book includes beginning- to intermediate-level parts and playing tips for the entire band: two guitars, bass, drums, and a singer. The two accompanying CDs contain full-band tracks for each song, plus “minus-one” play-along tracks for every instrument on all of the songs, so players can practice on their own between band rehearsals. Retail price: $14.99.

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Piano Reduction of Maha Mantras by Narong Prangcharoen from Theodore PresserTheodore Presser Company signed several works for orchestra and wind ensemble from Narong Prangcharoen, winner of the 2013 Barlow Prize from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University, in Summer 2013. The full score, study score, and solo with piano reduction of Maha Mantras, and many other works by Mr. Prangcharoen, are available now through Theodore Presser Company.

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Famous & Fun Christmas Duets (Books 1, 2, and 3) from Alfred MusicFamous & Fun Christmas Duets have been arranged and balanced for two evenly-skilled players. This expansion of the popular Famous & Fun series contains carefully selected Christmas songs to supplement any piano method. Each piece has been arranged for early elementary to late elementary pianists, yet remains faithful to the sound of the original piece. Books 1 and 2 each contain seven carefully-graded early elementary Christmas-season favorites including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre–Civil War Innovations of C. F. Martin and His Contemporaries from Hal LeonardHal Leonard Books’ Inventing the American Guitar describes the early history of American guitar design in detail. With essays by prominent writers and spectacular color photographs of almost fifty guitars, many of which are newly discovered, this book tells the story of how a European instrument was transformed into one with all of the design and construction features that define the iconic American flat-top guitar—all within a mere twenty years.

Inventing the American Guitar traces C. F. Martin Sr., - America’s first major guitar maker and the founder of the Martin Guitar Company - and his evolution as a craftsman and entrepreneur and explores the influences and experiments that led to his creation of the American guitar that is recognized and played around the world today.

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uides to Band Masterworks, Vol. 3 from Meredith MusicThis continuation of Guides to Band Masterworks volumes 1 and 2 provides band directors with a ready-made curriculum developed to incorporate comprehensive-musicianship training through quality band literature. This volume features English Folk Song Suite, Variations On A Korean Folk Song, and Cajun Folk Songs. Every unit study integrates technical skills, musical knowledge and creative projects that lead student musicians to an enlightened and expressive performance. Student workbooks for each of the featured works may be downloaded for use during rehearsals or as out-of-class enrichment.

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